I forgot which restaurant this is, but the finish it out is really nice (corner of Victory and Museum Way). Once Cinepolis and a few more restaurants open up, I think it's going to feel like West Village 2.0.
Going through all these videos, I'm still seeing all the surface lots that exist today (check out 0:20s on that last link). It looks like all the pedestrian activity and vibrancy was concentrated on EMC & Pacific.
Agree with Dpatel. This looks better than the original renderings that had the weird video screen facing Commerce. This could be the focal point downtown has been missing, similar to Sundance Square but on a smaller scale. Right now, downtown doesn't really have a plaza or park with activated retail...
Every time I walk past this building I imagine it as apartments. Even though this area of downtown is pretty built up, it's still really quiet. Apartments there with retail at the bottom would be pretty cool.
The problem right now with VP is that there's no atmosphere there yet. A lot of the retail is spread out with vacant storefronts in between, and most of the retail is only on one side of Victory Park Lane. The other side is all boarded up.
Nice! I was at VP yesterday afternoon and was surprised at how busy Freshii was. Afterward, I went to Cafe Victoria and it too was pretty steady with customers. VP will be a nice place to spend time at once all the new retail opens.
I was worried about the "no residential" as well, but then I realized there's so much residential near Farmers Market. Also, they're trying to get this done in a year? "The developers hope to kick off the project immediately and bring the buildings online before the end of this year.&...
I work in Frisco, and I too was surprised when I heard people here say Frisco was a strong contender. Their strongest point was all the land they had to offer, followed by incentives, and strong school system.
I was at the Grand Central Market about a month ago, and it's one of the things that kept surprising me of downtown LA. There are all these cool markets, stores, and restaurants in the middle of what people might describe as a ghetto downtown.
I was at the food hall today during lunch and it was packed. It's comparable to the Farmers Market shed since most of the food stalls are on the first level. The second and third levels were mostly seating so the whole "food hall vibe" gets lost once you go up. Overall, it feels like a nic...